Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) definition:
On-campus employment must either be performed on the school’s premises (including on-location commercial firms that provide services for students on campus, such as the school bookstore or cafeteria), or at an off-campus location that is educationally affiliated with the school. Employment with on-site commercial firms such as a construction company building a school building, which do not provide direct student services, is not deemed on-campus employment. In the case of off-campus locations, the educational affiliation must be associated with the school’s established curriculum or related to contractually funded research projects.
Eligibility to Work On-Campus:
- Students in possession of a University of Minnesota I-20 adjudicated by DHS or a
University of Minnesota I-20 generated by ISSS for degree/major change, school transfer, program extension, or replacement are eligible to work on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.
- Students transferring to the University of Minnesota to begin a program of study must obtain a university of Minnesota I-20 and completed Immigration Check-In to be eligible for employment (including assistantships).
- F-1 students who enroll at the University of Minnesota but who are on another school’s I-20 program are not eligible to work on the University campus unless: (a) they have off campus work permission or optional practical training authorized by DHS or (b) they have curricular practical training to work at the University authorized by their international student adviser.
Students transferring to the University of Minnesota to begin a program of study must obtain a university of Minnesota I-20 and completed Immigration Check-In to be eligible for employment (including assistantships).
Students transferring from the University of Minnesota will not be eligible to work on the campus of the U of MN as of the “transfer release date” on which their SEVIS record is transferred to the new school.
On-Campus Work Permission Ends Upon Completion of Degree Requirements:
On-campus work eligibility ends on the day a student completes all degree requirements. Students who have applied for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) but fail to complete by the date specified on their OPT application are not eligible to continue on-campus work unless the job is related to their field of study and the student has received the OPT authorization for employment.
- The UMN Job Search webpage has postings of on-campus positions (i.e., data entry, clerical, grounds
maintenance, food service, etc.).
- Student and non-student titles are acceptable employment.
assistantships and administrative fellow positions that also include tuition and
- Non-university employers that are considered to be on-campus employment are
Minnesota Daily and CDC.
- See an ISSS adviser during scheduled Walk-in Hours or an appointment for a letter of approval if you intend to work at an off-campus location that is defined as on-campus.
- See an ISSS adviser during scheduled Walk-in Hours or an appointment if you want to determine whether another location could be defined as on-campus employment.
Limitations of Employment:
- On-campus employment is limited to a total of 20 hours per week while school is in
session and up to full-time during semester breaks and the summer vacation period.
- Students holding employment in more than one department at the University should
inform their employers of the other position(s).
- Students new to the University and admitted to begin a program of study Summer Session are required to enroll full time over the summer of admission and are limited to 20 hours/week on-campus employment.
- Students are in voilation of their F-1 status if they work more than 20 hours a week while school is in session.
Form I-9 Requirement:
Students employed at the University of Minnesota must have a Form I-9 completed at University Payroll.